About the Cover Art

Tavia Nyong'o

The front and back cover art of ST 100 is by photographer Jorge Alberto Perez.

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Susette Min

The essay focuses on SOCIAL TEXT’s lack of engagement with aesthetics as a point of departure to think about art and politics in the wake of the culture wars, the intensification of globalization, and the aftermath of 9/11. The essay … Continue reading “Aesthetics”

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Ann Pellegrini

This essay traces Fredric Jameson’s important early analyses of the waning of affect and disappearance of the depth psychological subject under conditions of postmodernism, arguments he developed over the course of several essays in SOCIAL TEXT – beginning, in fact, … Continue reading “Affect”

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ed cohen

This essay considers key themes in the history of HIV/AIDS, including biopolitics, affective communities, epidemics, and the meanings of immunity. It traces a set of intellectual, existential, and material connections between bioscientific inquiry, human existence, care, and community. The authors … Continue reading “AIDS”

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Tavia Nyong'o

Was the photograph Shepard Fairey used as a basis for his “Hope” image of Barack Obama a social text? The Associated Press thought not when it threatened to sue Fairey for using a photograph it owned as the basis for … Continue reading “Art”

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Micki McGee

While Barack Obama began his historic presidency with a “full plate” of economic and political challenges and an athletic build complete with a “six-pack” duly captured by the long lens of a paparazzo, the woman who had arguably paved the … Continue reading “Body”

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david l. eng

How should we go about interpreting, reading, and understanding “China” as a social text, in the face of persistent Orientalism and self-Orientalism, in an age when the ghosts of socialism are still all around us? Given its semicolonial history and … Continue reading “China”

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Cold War

Nikhil Pal Singh

This essay explores the imperial and colonial genealogies of the Nazi Holocaust as a form of industrialized killing. It argues that cold-war discourse, and particularly the theory of totalitarianism, enacts a displacement of these outside the ambit of Western history … Continue reading “Cold War”

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brent hayes edwards

The story of the SOCIAL TEXT collective begins with the desire to establish a counterpoint to possessive individualism, creating a means for valuing collaborative engagement against the singular authorship of genius; later it would come to stand against the deadening … Continue reading “Collective”

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Michael Ralph

If commodification is endemic to the logic of capitalism, it is perhaps because the space of the sacred–that which cannot have a market value affixed to it–has apparently receded. Still the idea that commodities are born from secular revelations suggests … Continue reading “Commodity”

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patrick deer

Modern cultural criticism, like the younger discipline of cultural studies, has long struggled to reconcile the antagonistic logic at the heart of the idea of culture. SOCIAL TEXT’s project as a journal has been energized throughout by the contradictory genealogy … Continue reading “Culture”

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